February 12, 2015

Peel board PowerUp: Student Digital Leadership Conference encourages students to show their best selves

Grade 9 students learn importance of having positive digital footprints

On Wednesday, Feb. 18, 450 grade 9 students will deepen their understanding of digital citizenship at PowerUp, a student digital leadership conference hosted by the Peel District School Board. Speakers will engage and inspire students to develop positive digital footprints and to always show their best selves online.

"Twenty-first century teaching and learning opens up a world of opportunities to students. As educators, it's important that we guide students' online use and that we model netiquette," says Scott Moreash, associate director of instructional support services. "There is no doubt that helping students build positive digital footprints will help them when they seek post-secondary opportunities and employment."

Students are encouraged to bring their personal electronic devices to the event where they will learn to become digital leaders in their school and communities. Conference highlights include:

  • Social Media Fitness keynote by Chris Vollum, social media expert
  • the following break-out sessions:
    • Creating awesomeness: a hands-on session creating media – run by Peel board instructional technology resource teachers
    • iTweetRight – led by Wali Shah, musician, student at University of Toronto Mississauga and former Peel board student
    • Make Some Noise: Use your social media impact for good – Saidat, motivational speaker and singer
    • Peel Graduate Panel: Emerging digital leaders – Ruchika Gothoskar, Leon Johnson, Riyad Mobeen and Dhaman Rakhra

April Reimer will deliver a closing keynote on behalf of the Canadian Safe Schools Network's #tweetsweet campaign. The Peel board's climate for learning & working team will also provide participants with tips on how they can implement a digital leadership action plan when they return to their schools.

"Being a good digital citizen is simply being a good citizen," says Kelly Krug, the Peel board's climate for learning and working leader. "We want students to understand that being caring, cooperative, honest, inclusive, respectful and responsible extends beyond face-to-face interactions. Showing your best self is important always."

PowerUp will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Pearson Convention Center in Brampton, located at 2638 Steeles Ave. E. in Brampton. Reimer's address will take place between 1 and 1:30 p.m.

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Reference: Carla Pereira, Manager of Communications (Acting), 905-890-1010 ext. 2814, [email protected]

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